David Hipschman met his wife 36 years while living aboard a Yugoslavian-built 30-foot wooden sloop in Sausalito, California. San Francisco Bay taught him to sail. Among the boats he's since owned are a Bristol Channel Cutter, a Bayfield 32 Cutter, a Catalina 350 and his current love, an American Tug. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida and is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain. His philosophy of boat-brokering is thinking of himself as an old-fashioned "matchmaker."
Hipschman has worked as a journalist and police detective and is a FAA-licensed pilot. He has more than 40-years editorial experience with a focus on international affairs, aviation and maritime issues. His career has included posts as Foreign Service Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Editor of Wyoming's Casper Star-Tribune, Director of Publications at the Experimental Aircraft Association, Editor/Publisher of Kinesis, a nationally distributed literary magazine; and Director of Publications of the National Association of Flight Instructors' print and electronic magazines. He has taught journalism at the University of Florida, created Cyberland, the first newspaper column about the Internet; and consults on publishing for private clients.